Across the publishing industry, women are making waves and breaking down barriers—including #1 New York Times bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo. Bardugo’s debut novel, Shadow and Bone, was published back in 2012 by Macmillan. Today, the Grishaverse (her fantasy world that started with Shadow and Bone) is an international sensation, and is currently being adapted into a television series.
Her seemingly “overnight success” may come as no surprise to those who are familiar with her work. After all, for readers of young adult and new adult, fantasy books are a hot commodity—just look at rising stars Shelby Mahurin, Ayana Gray, and J. Elle. But Bardugo’s writing journey has been anything but overnight.